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‘Instaculture’ – an exhibition by Wayne Quilliam to mark NAIDOC Week 2019

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Since the beginning of time, the Indigenous voice of this nation has passed down wisdom, culture and stories, connecting us to a people who are the oldest continuing civilisation on earth.

This July, follow artist Professor Wayne Quilliam on an exceptional deep dive into some of the first words spoken on this continent, combined with some of the most breathtaking photographic images, in his stunning exhibition celebrating the NAIDOC Week theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth.

From 1 July until 3 August, one of Australia’s most exhibited artists – Wayne Quilliam – will bring large-scale digital art to Darling Quarter in a visual representation of the NAIDOC aim “Let’s work together for a shared future”. The installation comprises 16 large-scale digital artworks (each 2.4m x 2.4m) displayed on four large cubes in the bustling outdoor public exhibition space.

Former NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Wayne a freshwater man from Tasmania, first found a love of photography as a teenager in the Navy, where he saw different cultures from around the world firsthand and was inspired by their traditions. He continued to travel the world – from Cambodia to Bolivia, Cuba to the Netherlands and beyond – interacting with the societies he came upon and documenting their places, people and ceremonies.

Back in Australia, he began to travel extensively on country, collecting the images, words and stories of his own culture from the old people who so graciously share them with him, and for which he remains profoundly appreciative.

The imagery Wayne has chosen for this exhibition are primarily landscapes featuring the earth, sky, fresh water and salt water, which highlight the exquisite textures found in nature as well as the six seasons of the Aboriginal culture. He has captured them on digital camera and by drone to create what he calls ‘traditional digital art’ – traditional Aboriginal storytelling merged with modern technology. Across all corners of this land, he has found a deep connection to country and sees his unique art form as a way to alter the preconceived Western notions of Aboriginal art.

As Wayne explains, “We all interact and flow through the connection to country and this exhibition represents the feeling of collaboration. My art reflects a modern thriving culture not defined by a singular creation or iteration, but suggests a shifting focus, endeavouring to change ways of seeing and thinking, and reflecting the co-existence of nature and culture as a collaborative and evolving entity.”

Join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019 and immerse yourself in the evocative sights and words of the Aboriginal community as captured by the inimitable Wayne Quilliam, the artist, photojournalist and photographer whose broad body of multifaceted contemporary work defies easy classification.

In conjunction with Wayne’s exhibition, free family-friendly workshops will take place during NAIDOC Week from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July.

Held in the foyer of the Monkey Baa Theatre and hosted in partnership with the local Koomurri Aboriginal Incursions, the workshops will include:

Didgeridoo Show – traditional and contemporary solo didgeridoo performance. One performer in full traditional costume, performing traditional and contemporary didgeridoo sounds and rhythms.

Face Painting – our Indigenous tutor will have traditional ochre paint from which they will paint the children’s faces (optional).

Song and Dance – our Indigenous tutor will entertain with some traditional dance moves and encourage all children to participate.

Aboriginal Art – our Indigenous tutor will teach the children basic Aboriginal symbols, which they will paint on a large canvas guided by the tutor. The painting will then be given to the school to display.

Storytelling – Dreamtime stories from the past will be told with gusto and expression to enthral the children.

Insta-Culture will be on display 24 hours a day at OPEN (Darling Quarter’s free outdoor exhibition space) and is curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Darling Quarter. It will run from Monday, 1 July until Saturday, 3 August.


WHAT:                 NAIDOC Week 2019. Wayne Quilliam exhibition and family-friendly workshops

WHEN:                 Exhibition 1 July to 3 August and Workshops 8 July to 11 July

WHERE:               Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney

COST:                  Free of charge

MORE INFO:        Follow Darling Quarter and aMBUSH Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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